The Karner Blue Nature Sanctuary, 6935 Spruce Ave, Newaygo, is having a volunteer work day on Sunday, December 3rd. Volunteers are needed to help cut and haul brush between 9am – 1pm. Volunteers can show up any time and stay as long as they like. It is recommended that volunteers dress for the weather, wear closed toe shoes or boots and work gloves. Some tools will be provided, but it would be helpful if volunteers could also bring pruners, loppers or pruning saws. Water and refreshments will be provided.
Brush cutting is important at this time of year for Newaygo’s sensitive and unique native habitats. Clearing out brush gives room for new native plant growth and deters invasive species growth. It also helps to prepare the area for future prescribed burns.
Cancellation notice due to weather or other schedule changes will be posted by December 2nd at noon on the Newaygo County Environmental Coalition Facebook Page and their website Calendar of Events (www.nc-ec.org).
Stuart Goldman, Conservation Coordinator for the Michigan Nature Association, will lead the workday. He can be contacted at 517-643-6864, or by email: email@example.com.
I don’t want a just a memory
Gives me forever
Don’t even think about saying good-bye
Cuz I want just one love to be enough
And remain in my heart till i die- Renae Olsterad “A Love That Will Last”
My Lifetime Spousal Companion Lil and I recently returned from a trip abroad that found us sharing a coach with a couple of dozen other travelers. We were one of three couples celebrating their anniversaries including a 50th (ours), a 35th, and a 20th as well as a pair of newlyweds who were just embarking on the wondrous journey of marriage. 4 couples in vastly different stages of their relationship and yet each celebrating the day they decided to say “I do.”
There was a rather enjoyable symmetry to it all.
Marriage is such a cool thing when it works. Growing together and displaying an elevated regard for one another allows the relationship to be nourished in a positive manner. As a result the marriage doesn’t merely survive, it thrives.
Here are the most recent couples who have signed on for their own journey.
Tabitha Buck, Fremont & Dean Robeck, Newaygo
Mary Rake, White Cloud & Brian Royston Sr. Wyoming, MI
Ron Wawsczyk, White Cloud & Shelley Barton, Newaygo
Felicity Faye Schlink, Newaygo & Brian Allen Crooks, Newaygo
“Come and be empowered”
On Tuesday, Nov 14th, from 6-8:30pm Rebekah Thompson of New Life Doula Services is hosting the 3rd Birth and Beyond Expo at the Fremont Rec Center South Commons.
The event provides women with an opportunity to meet providers before scheduling an appointment with them. From homebirth midwives and birth doulas, to hospital midwives and lactation consultants, women in Newaygo County and beyond can access the information they will need moving forward.
This is a great time to learn about patient rights/birthing rights and about options for creating a supportive birth team. "Women in this county have much more power than they realize," says Susan Wente, CNM. "Midwives have always advocated for women, but change will never happen until the women (consumers) stand up and question what they are told. Many medical interventions are warranted, but only you are responsible for your birth. Through the Birth and Beyond Expo women in Newaygo County can learn how to support each other and take back their power and responsibility in birth."
This year there are also other awesome local resources that will be sharing their knowledge and services at the exposuch as Shalom Woods Company elderberry kits, Peacefully Clean postpartum cleaning services, Health Smart Nutrition, Beyond Wellness LLC, and many more vendors.
Katherine Hamlund, RN will have a short presentation on natural ways to increase fertility, and Jules Carpenter of Your Health, Your Healing will also have a presentation on Minerals, Nutrition, the Brain, and Postpartum Mood Disorders. To see everyone that will be there, either as providers or services, you can find the event page on Facebook by searching for Birth and Beyond Expo
or by going to the New Life Doula Services page. (link for NLDS page https://www.facebook.com/newlifedoulaservices/ )
Samantha Kauffman, RN, IBCLC, and Certified Childbirth Educator, highly encourages women to “come and be empowered with knowledge for both yourself and your baby. Meet other women in your community who can help you on your journey, learn more about pregnancy and postpartum, and leave with an enlarged support system!”
This event is perfect for women who want to be able to connect with other women in their community who are in the same season of life. Whether just thinking about trying to start a family, actively trying to conceive, currently expecting, or postpartum or breastfeeding, come enjoy a cup of tea of coffee and light refreshments, gain knowledge, win some cool prizes, and talk with skilled providers and birth and postpartum experts. Happy Hearts Naturals is offering a luxurious foot bath to the first five women through the door. Doors open at 6 PM and the event will conclude around 8:30.